BRUSSELS, Belgium (April 28) - Last year, the European Union's Directory General for Trade (DG Trade) launched a special website to facilitate access to the EU market for exporters in developing countries. Recently, the so-called “Expanding Exports Helpdesk” has been extended. The website is now available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
The Helpdesk offers a wealth of useful information for those who wish or need to familiarize themselves with all formalities concerning importing into the European Union. Next to import tariffs, customs documents and rules of origin, you can also consult trade statistics. Per CN code imports are shown in value and in numbers for the EU 25, EU 15 or per EU member state. On the export side you can choose between statistics relating to all partners or to one specific country.
Later this year, the database will be completed with information on specific technical and sanitary requirements such as marking, labelling and health requirements and with further details on internal taxes such as VAT and excise duties applicable in the individual member states.
One of the new elements in the website is the market place which is meant to help to get trading partners in and outside the EU in touch with each other. In this section of the website you can either offer or request products in a very simple way.
The website address is: http://export-help.cec.eu.int